‘Caps, MNUFC draw as Dájome buries late PK in last home match in Utah

SANDY, UT – Cristian Dájome recorded a brace, including a penalty equalizer in the dying moments, to lead Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a come-from-behind 2-2- draw versus Minnesota United FC in their last home match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.

The ‘Caps were back in Sandy, Utah for the match after returning to train in Vancouver for the first time since April last Sunday.

The game remained scoreless until the 36th-minute mark when Dájome netted his seventh goal of the season. From the corner of the penalty area, Dájome was able to strike the ball past Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller after being set up for the play by Russell Teibert.

In the final seconds leading into halftime, Ethan Finlay tied up the score 1-1 for Minnesota.

In the second half, more back and forth ensued and the strong winds in Sandy, Utah posed a challenge for both teams.

For Vancouver, Dájome and Ranko Veselinović put up strong shots while Thomas Hasal made several stops in net.

The score remained the same until the 75th minute when Robin Lod scored Minnesota’s second of the evening.

With the match going into its final moments, Dájome was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled by Finlay inside the box, of which he successfully put past Miller to even the scoring once again to 2-2.

With Dajome’s second goal of the evening, the ‘Caps were able to secure a point and extend their unbeaten streak to four games, the first time they have done so since May-June of 2019.

Up next is a trip to Southern California for a visit against LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park. Catch the game live on TSN and AM730, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps will be without Michael Baldisimo, who will serve a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation. They are expected to welcome back Canadian internationals Lucas Cavallini and Maxime Crepeau from the Concacaf Gold Cup.


GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Cristian Dájome
Referee: Lukasz Szpala

Scoring Summary
36’ – VAN – Cristian Dájome (Russell Teibert)
45’ – MIN – Ethan Finlay (Emanuel Reynoso, Robin Lod)
75’ – MIN – Robin Lod (Wil Trapp)
90’+4’ – VAN – Cristian Dájome (penalty kick)

Possession: VAN 51.1% – MIN 48.9%
Shots: VAN 11 – MIN 13
Shots on Goal: VAN 3 – MIN 4
Saves: VAN 2 – MIN 1
Fouls: VAN 17 – MIN 14
Offsides: VAN 2 – MIN 3
Corners: VAN 5 – MIN 3

34’ – VAN – Michael Baldisimo
45’+2’ – MIN – Romain Métanire
48’ – MIN – D.J. Taylor
55’ – MIN – Wil Trapp
86’ – VAN – Tosaint Ricketts
87’ – VAN – Janio Bikel

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Thomas Hasal; 28.Jake Nerwinski (23.Javain Brown 80’), 4.Ranko Veselinović, 22.Érik Godoy, 3.Cristian Gutierrez, 19.Janio Bikel, 55.Michael Baldisimo (32.Patrick Metcalfe 62’), 31.Russell Teibert © (27.Ryan Raposo 79’); 11.Cristian Dájome (14.Theo Bair 90’+6’), 24.Brian White (87.Tosaint Ricketts 79’), 7.Déiber Caicedo

Substitutes not used
12.Evan Newton, 6.Bruno Gaspar, 15.Andy Rose, 17.Leonard Owusu

Minnesota United FC
1.Tyler Miller; 19.Romain Métanire, 14.Brent Kallman, 12.Bakaye Dibassy, 26.D.J. Taylor; 5.Jacori Hayes (23.Adrien Hunou HT), 20.Wil Trapp ©; 13.Ethan Finlay, 31.Hassani Dotson, 10.Emanuel Reynoso (8.Jan Gregus 90’+1’); 17.Robin Lod

Substitutes not used
97.Dayne St. Clair, 11.Niko Hansen, 21.Juan Agudelo, 22.Jukka Raitala


  1. While this is an accurate description of the game, it leaves out just how controversial the end of the game was. The penalty awarded was for a call that many including seasoned official day was not a foul. The call is even more controversial because VAR had a chance to point out the center official’s error and didn’t. The PK should not have been awarded.

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